Mr. Visma Raj Poudel (Founder/Director, NCF-Nepal)was born and raised till the age of 13, in Meghauli, near the beautiful Chitwan National Park. He was from the middle class family therefore he had everything that he needed for his childhood. It was not the case with his many friends who were living in the same and neighboring villages. Some of his friends were beaten in the school as they didn’t have proper uniforms and stationary. This sort of incidents used to upset him quite frequently. Although he was small, he had realized and decided to do something in the future for these people once he grew up. When he was a child, one day while playing in the bank of the river near his house with his friends, he was swept away by the current of the river. His horrified friends were watching from the other side as he was tumbled over the rocks, and dragged beneath the water. Suddenly a stranger swam in and rescued him to the shore.
This experience has led him throughout his life to remember. He is here for a purpose, and always tries to make the kind of choices that could lead him in a direction to make a positive difference in other children’s lives. After this near death experience, he changed from a child with little care in the world, to one who felt that he was here for a purpose. He would go out of his way to help those in his village who were less fortunate than him. He applied himself in a serious manner, at a young age, to his studies and soon began to excel.
It seems like fate was working in many aspects of his life before he was even aware of it, leading him on a path that would one day allow him to compassionately care for and protect children from very poor circumstances.
When he was 20 years old, Mr. Poudel was offered a chance to work for an organization here in Pokhara that was dedicated to the welfare of Nepalese children. Mr. Poudel spent his almost 8 years with the organization and the time with the organization changed his life forever, leaving him even more devoted to this work. He has been involved in various kind of projects like school construction, building a large school for 600 pupils, and working as the treasurer of a local road committee. He has helped to establish a children village for 75 children, worked as an adviser for different clubs as well as for local non-governmental organizations and carried out various other functions.
His dream continued to be working for as many children and people in Nepal as possible, and in the midst of this work, his dream began to come true when he established Namaste Children’s House in 2003 (Current: Namaste Community Foundation).He and his team now works closely with the local communities, people, social organizations, government bodies, many individual foreigners, volunteers and charity aboard etc to run entire organization successfully. He is also the part of other organizations and clubs like:International Tal Barahi Lions Club-Pokhara-Nepal(Charter President), Network of Children’s Home (Founder and past chairperson), and is also working as the advisory member of some social clubs and business firms etc.
Now he is gaining a lot of pleasure and found it an incredibly rewarding feeling to work for all these children besides his own family and businesses with his brother. It is his life dream to help more children and women in the future in very sustainable and effective way. However, this position of care also brings a huge burden of responsibility with it. Although financial worries often weigh heavily on him, the team Namaste and his work to manage the orphanage and other projects and ensure the safety of the children, women whose lives are already in their care.
Mr. Paudel is very thankful with the generosity and financial support of the people and various organizations throughout the World to run NCF-Nepal as successful project but is also expecting bigger global involvement and long term genuine partnership to serve his people, society and nation in bigger and sustainable way.
His main focus since the beginning of his social involvement is to run such development projects in a very transparent, professional, need base and cost effective way (with minimum cost). He strongly believes that local people’s involvement and their empowerment should be the first priority in any development project to create future in-dependency and prosperity of each individual and any society. He loves to work on the basis of evidence and suggests people to carry out any work related to social development accordingly. He believes that any work conducted without any research only with an aim of fulfilling personal ego and hidden desire,would only damage the societies and leave negative impacts globally and paralyze the ultimate beneficiaries from their well-being.